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      Coaching Classroom Management: A Guide for Coaches, Administrators, and Peer Observers
Are you an administrator, coach, or mentor who would like some tools to support teachers around effective classroom management? Perhaps you are a teacher who is engaging in the peer observation process and are seeking data collection ideas to help enrich your own learning around classroom management.

Coaching Classroom Management is a course that is aligned to the district CHAMPS class. Both are based Safe and Civil School’s positive approach to classroom management. The core beliefs of Safe and Civil Schools include the following: All students should be treated with dignity and respect, and student learning represents a learning opportunity. Practical tools and strategies will be provided to help the participant gather appropriate classroom management data to engage in coaching cycles with teachers

All participants will receive a complementary copy of Coaching Classroom Management: Strategies and Tools for Administrators and Coachesby Sprick, Knight, Reinke, Skyles and Carnes.

Early deadline to register: Dec. 19 in order to order books in time.
      Colorado Medication Administration Training for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel [A]
Target group: Any staff, licensed or classified, who administers medications to students. This meets requirements for delegation under the RN license.
      Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 1
Note: This is not a class about how to teach your students online, but about making your own professional development course to teach to other educators.

Are you an expert in an area of learning? Are you passionate about Tier 1 teaching techniques? Do you love collaborating with other teachers to get better at your craft? Or do you feel like there are no professional development courses out there for you? Then consider taking this course! This course will train you to teach your own online professional development courses in schoology to other SVVSD teachers.

There are two parts to the course. Part 1 focuses on how to take what we know about effective teaching techniques and figure out how best to apply them to adult learners online.
      Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 2 [A]
Target group: Teachers who have taken Designing and Teaching Online Professional Development Part 1

You are ready to take what you have learned from part 1 and complete the creation of your application to teach the course as well as actually create the course you will offer in schoology.
      Cultural/Linguistic Factors and the SPED Referral Process (online)
Sorry, the wait list for this class is full.

Target group: Teachers, counselors, administrators (recommended for Special Educators, ESL Specialists, MTSS Liaisons.

Welcome to Cultural/Linguistic Factors and the Special Education process! This PD is an opportunity to understand the critical components, i.e. MTSS, of the Special Education Referral process for students who are Culturally/Linguistically diverse. Participants will:

  • investigate and learn why the MTSS process is critical for ELLs
  • understand best practices for providing culturally responsive instruction
  • research best practices for providing fair and appropriate interventions/assessments for ELLs
  • summarize and share research findings regarding best practices for ELLs
  • understand CDE guidelines for Special Education criteria for ELLs
  • understand the SVVSD referral process for CLD students
  • analyze CLD/SPED case studies/referrals for accuracy and completeness
  • apply understanding of critical components when intervening with a CLD student

Participants will be expected to:
  • participate by logging in at least twice every week
  • complete weekly readings and assignments by due date
  • provide thoughtful responses to enhance discussions and assignments so they are grounded in experience and understanding of content.

Familiarity with Schoology, copying files to your Google Drive, linking files from Google Drive to Schoology, and completing Google forms will be helpful.
      Developing Student Agency in the Secondary Classroom
Target group: Secondary teachers

This course supports teachers who want to empower students through opportunities for student choice and voice in the secondary classroom. The continuum of student agency from brief, less intense strategies to those that require more planning and commitment on the part of the teacher learner will be covered. Opportunities will be available for teacher learners to apply learnings, collaborate with peers, and to reflect on experiences with student agency in the secondary classroom.
      Finding Calm in the Chaos Online [A]
Target group: All staff

Teaching is exhausting! It is estimated that teachers make over 1,500 decisions a day! The high-intensity emotions and the worry that come along with teaching are draining. In this online class, you will rejuvenate and energize by practicing mindfulness, self-compassion, gratitude, emotional processing, and self-care strategies. You will learn how to work smarter, not harder and learn practical strategies to organize and prioritize. This class is sure to help you find calm in the chaos inside and outside of your classroom!
      Lost at School Book Study
Target Group: Administrators, Social Workers, Counselors, Teachers and Staff

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to better work with, communicate with,build relationships with and educate children with behavioral problems that challenge the classroom dynamic. In this course educators and all staff will read Lost At School by Ross W. Greene, engage in discussions with others in the learning community, and apply the content to their own practices through Schoology. Participants will engage in the professional development community and empower each other to better understand and apply the learned content to their professional setting. Link to Amazon book

      Mindsets

Target group: K-12 Teachers/ Administrators. This is an online class through Schoology.

"Growth Mindset" is a term that gets thrown around a lot in education! This class will cover the foundational elements of growth and fixed mindsets while exploring and discussing the application of mindsets within society, and more specifically schools. Our work in this course will focus on applying our learning to impact our teaching and interactions with students. In doing so, we will develop a toolbox of strategies for helping us and our students to develop a growth mindset.

Participants will need to purchase the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and read the first two chapters of the book before the first session.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 2A, 2C, 2D, 3A
      Neuroteach - Online Book Study

Target group:K-12 teachers and administrators

In this class, teachers will read and discuss Neuroteach, a book published in 2016 that examines the latest research in mind, brain, and education (MBE) science. Through completely online sessions, we will discuss the current research presented on educational neuroscience, how the brain learns, and the resulting implications for the classroom.

Weekly reading and online discussions allow participants to work when and where schedules allow. Participants will need to purchase the book Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher.
      Practical Student Engagement
Target group: Classroom teachers

Are you struggling with how to implement project based learning? Are you worried your students are losing the ability for inquiry? Are you wanting to find ways to make your students more self-reliant? Do you want to find ways to better utilize the best teaching practices effectively in the classroom without risking content? This course focuses on how to use various techniques like open-ended questions, student driven backwards design, and self-directed projects to have students focus on not just hearing the content but truly engaging with content and practicing important life skills within the process.
      Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing
Target group: Elementary Teachers, Elementary and Secondary Special Educators, Literacy Specialists, paraprofessionals

Teaching reading and writing effectively takes knowledge of the content and skill to apply the knowledge to your daily practice. This online class will guide you through 9 modules, which include topics covering foundational and advanced reading, writing, spelling and assessment. The modules have been developed by Reading Rockets, in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association. The modules are comprised of various activities including pre- and post-tests, reading assignments, watching videos, creating lessons,and applying the knowledge to your teaching. The class content will be web based, with class expectations that you complete activities and reflections using google docs while completing the modules.

The first class will be 1.5 hours face-to-face to learn about the design and expectations of the class, and to delve into the first module. The remainder of the work will be self-paced, with the completion of the class by the end of the academic semester.
      Student Data Privacy and Security in the Classroom
Target group: K-12 licensed teachers

There´s much discussion around the new student data privacy laws and how it affects teachers in their classroom. The conversation around whether or not an app is approved can be grounds for frustration. This class aims to get the record straight on various policies down to the roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This course will navigate through dismantling the myths, looking at both the macro and micro approach to the laws, SVVSD´s resources, and vetting apps.

Participants will have hands-on activities and lessons they can apply directly to their own classroom. The course finishes with a lesson or project creation around student data security and privacy.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 3D, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D
      The Book Whisperer Book Study . . . and so much more!
Target group: Upper elementary (3rd grade or higher), middle and high school English and Literacy teachers. Teachers outside the intended audience are welcome provided they are willing to provide students with the opportunities for independent, free choice reading each day in their classroom.

Developing independent readers and students who truly want to read is a struggle all teachers encounter. In this course, we will read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, but the course will go beyond a traditional book study. We will look at the strategies and ideas presented in the book along with supplemental material to enhance and question the material presented in Miller´s book.

Participants will engage in weekly discussions over an 8 week period. During each week we will explore a chapter in the book and share current research and readings that mirror the information.

A one credit follow-up course will be available the following semester for participants that want to commit to trying out the practices presented in the book. The course will cover one academic semester where participants will journal about their practice, collect data from a sample set of students and participate in 2 facetime meetings with the instructor.
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 1
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 2 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Working with the Workshop Model
Target group: Teachers, especially secondary

Do you ever feel like you do 70% or more of the work for your students? Are you looking for a way to enhance your effectiveness in the classroom and increase student achievement without driving yourself crazy? Would you like more time during class time to spend working with students in small groups or individuals and providing feedback? Check out the workshop method! This course will provide you with ideas and rationale for using the workshop in your classroom and then you will have the opportunity to try it out and reflect on whether or not it will work for you!

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